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model

noun [C]  /ˈmɑd·əl/ us  

model noun [C] (REPRESENTATION)

something built or drawn esp. to show how something much larger would look: The architect showed us a model of the planned hotel. A model is also a representation of something in words or numbers that can be used to tell what is likely to happen if particular facts are considered as true: a statistical model predicting population growth

model noun [C] (GOOD EXAMPLE)

someone or something that is an extremely good example of its type, esp. when a copy can be based on it: She was a model of loyalty and stuck by him even after he went to jail.

model noun [C] (PERSON)

a person employed to wear esp. new, fashionable clothes to show how the clothes look and to make them look attractive: Models paraded down the ramp to show off the latest fashions of Paris and New York. A model is also a person employed to show his or her body to be drawn or photographed by those studying the human form.

model noun [C] (MACHINE)

a particular type of device or machine that is different in quality, style, or some other feature from others that have the same use: This car comes in a two-door and a four-door model. We were shown large and small models of air conditioners.

model

verb [T]  /ˈmɑd·əl/ us  

model verb [T] (REPRESENTATION)

to form something from a plastic substance such as clay, or to use a plastic substance to make a form of something: to model a face She modeled the clay into a sculpture.

model verb [T] (GOOD EXAMPLE)

to create something by basing its form or appearance on something else: The state building was modeled on the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

model verb [T] (WEARING CLOTHES)

to wear new, fashionable clothes to show how the clothes look and to make them look attractive, esp. at a fashion show (= a special occasion for people to see new clothes) or for photographs in a magazine, newspaper, etc.: She will be modeling the new line of spring coats.

model

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈmɑd·əl/ us  

model adjective [not gradable] (GOOD EXAMPLE)

being someone or something that is an extremely good example of its type, exp. when the person or thing can be copied: They were model parents and were loved by the whole community.
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